• Loquito Taco Shop Pop-Up Coming to Hoboken + More News You Missed This Week!

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    With all these openings and closings, there’s just so much to cover. This Sunday, we hope you’re curling up in close proximity to a mimosa {or at least coffee shop}, ready to kick your feet up and catch up on the latest local news to hit Jersey City and Hoboken. We’ve got Loquito Taco Pop-Up Shop opening on Washington Street in Hoboken {indefinitely!} and the unexpected closing of Kraverie in Jersey City. But there’s more where that came from — from to some pretty intense weather to the announcement of the 2018 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival headliner, keep reading to find out the top news stories of the week in Hoboken and Jersey City.

    Loquito Tacos Pop-Up Shop Happening  on Washington Street

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    O’Bagel’s Taco Pop-Up Shop is back again but this time, Loquito Tacos is here for the long run. As of August 30, the late-night taco spot will be serving up freshly-made tortillas, decadent sides, and the fan-favorite Cheez-dilla out of O’Bagel’s bagel shop. Loquito Tacos will be open from 5pm to midnight Thursdays through Sundays. As of now, there is no end date for this pop-up installment, so be sure to enjoy tacos and Cheez-dillas while you can!

    All are invited to Loquito’s soft opening from August 30 to September 2 at 600 Washington Street. Hours run 5PM to 8PM for the soft opening only.

    Jersey City Forced to Say Goodbye to Kraverie Korean BBQ

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    Seven years on Mercer Street in Jersey City, and Kraverie — a unique fusion of Korean BBQ and French crepes — has closed. Several customers who have stopped by or called recently shared the news, as Kraverie had mysteriously stopped taking orders, shut down its Instagram account, and even disconnected its phone line in recent days.

    Kraverie fans know all to well that the Korean BBQ-French creperie was the mixed effort of two food trucks: Krave and Lucinda Creperie, whose respective owners were Christian Usher, Charles Heo, and the late Natalia Caicedo.

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House Gears Up for Official Opening

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    Ruth’s Chris Steak House is becoming more and more of a reality in the Newport section of Jersey City. With the addition of outdoor seating and hours now printed on their doors, it appears that the restaurant at 499 Washington Boulevard is getting closer to opening {though no official date has been announced}. Hours are posted as 5pm to 10pm Mondays through Thursdays, 5pm to 11pm on Fridays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 4pm to 10pm. Additional hours include Happy Hour, which runs from 4pm to 7pm.

    The 11,750-square-foot restaurant — which also has locations in Manhattan, Weehawken, and Atlantic City — is known for serving decadent steaks and some delicious seafood specialties like Chilean sea bass, barbecued shrimp, sizzling blue crab cakes, and more. The official Ruth’s Chris website for the soon-to-be Jersey City location notes that complimentary valet is available for customers and that the location is walking distance from other points of interest like the Light Rail, PATH, Liberty National Park, Newport Centre, and the Hudson River.

    Marshall Crenshaw and the Smithereens to Headline Hoboken Festival

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    Hoboken’s annual Arts & Music Festival has just announced its headliner — Marshall Crenshaw and the Smithereens are set to headline the show this year on September 30. Music fans might remember the band’s 1982 hit “Someday, Someway.” The Smithereens, which consists of Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros, are NJ natives, hailing from Carteret, New Jersey.

    Man Breaks Animal Shelter Door; Throws Caged Cat into Liberty Humane

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    A Hudson County animal shelter was targeted by a man who smashed in the glass of the front door, then threw a caged cat onto the premises last Monday. Staff at the shelter gave the following run-down via its Facebook page: “This morning at 11:55am a man acting erratically smashed our shelter front door with a rock, ran inside, and threw an injured cat in a box at one of our staff members.” The statement continues, “We try to stay positive, but this has staff rattled… If you can, please consider donating to our Fix It Fund to replace our door. Now we’re going to cuddle some kittens.”

    Mayor of Puerto Rico Visits Hoboken to Discuss Hurricane Bounce-Back

    Hoboken and Puerto Rico may have more in common than you think. After all, both were left in devastation after {separate} hurricanes ravaged their streets. In the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Mayor Javier Hernandez — who governs Villalba, a city in Puerto Rico — visited Hoboken earlier this week to discuss with Mayor Bhalla just how Hoboken bounced back after Hurricane Sandy left the Mile Square City in ruins.

     “Maria is a real, real hard situation for Puerto Rico,” Hernandez said. Hernandez, Bhalla, and other mayors from nearby participating cities sat in on a City Hall meeting with Hoboken planners, discussing everything from resiliency sites to energy security.

    “This is a great opportunity, not just for Villalba, not just for Puerto Rico, but even beyond to advance the concept of sustainability and resiliency in the area of energy,” Hernandez continued.

    Starbucks Embraces Plant-Based Proteins, Introduces 2 Vegan Cold Brews

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    Vegans, rejoice! Starbucks recently announced its latest venture into using plant-based proteins for their coffee drinks. The announcement includes the introduction of Starbucks’ first-ever plant-based coffee and two vegan cold brews — Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew and Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew. Nationwide, a grande size should run you about $5.95 and claim to offer anywhere from 10 to 12 grams of protein.

    NJ Gets Most Intense Rainfall in Two Years, Cars Float Down Flooded River

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    Rain, rain, go away! The storm this past weekend left Hoboken with record-breaking rainfall. In fact, reports show it was the “most intense rainfall” the Mile Square City has seen in two years. The City of Hoboken noted that recently-installed flood pumps in some low-lying areas helped alleviate some of the rainfall and prevent some flooding, but there was still much to be had.

    “Today the city of Hoboken received the most intense rainfall in more than two years, with over 3 inches of rain per hour falling at the height of the storm, right before high tide,” an official statement reads. “Although Hoboken experienced rainfall flooding, the flood waters receded immediately after the storm because of two wet weather pumps and rainwater storage at Southwest Park.”

    Residents reported less-than-stellar flooding conditions in Hoboken, however, with several residents taking to Twitter to show their frustration about the water levels and smells after the storm:

     

     

    Flash flooding was so prominent {even in surrounding areas} that a dozen vehicles at a nearby Jersey car dealership actually floated down a river. The vehicles were caught on film bobbing down the flooded Peckman River, which is adjacent to the Chrysler Jeep dealership in Little Falls. The cars then proceeded to smash into each other under a Route 46 overpass. A towing company addressed the flash flooding situation but said it took hours to wrangle the vehicles and restore them back to the Little Falls dealership.

    100 Hoboken Customers Without Water After SUEZ Main Break After Rainfall

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    On a related note, nearly 100 SUEZ customers in Hoboken were without water earlier this week after pipes burst on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken due to the flash flooding. The main break was reported at 5:30am on Sunday, August 12 and SUEZ had repaired the break and restored service by 2pm.

    “SUEZ crews are in Hoboken repairing a water main break on Bloomfield Street that is causing disruption in service to some customers,” SUEZ official Twitter wrote. “We appreciate your patience as [we] work to make these repairs and restore service.”

    Union City Man Punches Cop in the Chest, EMT in the Face

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    A Union City man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Hoboken police officer in the face and an EMT at Hoboken Hospital in the chest. Juan Flores, 29, was brought into the hospital around 3:29am after he was found “passed out from intoxication in Union City.” According to authorities, Flores became “combative” with medical personnel after waking up in the hospital. Flores allegedly punched a female EMT in the chest; when a police officer attempted to intervene, Flores then punched the officer in the face. Flores was also charged with resisting arrest.

    Hoboken Has No Plans to Move Forward With Scooter Transportation Plan

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    Last week, a bike-share company that also offers motorized scooter options, demonstrated its dockless electric scooters at Pier 13 in Hoboken. Lime held a pop-up demonstration and had Hobokenites testing out the pay-per-ride Lime-S electric scooters.

    But the Mile Square City has no plans to implement a scooter-transportation plan. Hoboken spokesperson Santiago Melli-Huber confirms Hoboken doesn’t intend to integrate the bike-and-scooter-share into Hoboken’s current plans, which already include a partnership with Hudson Bike Share. In the event that Hoboken did bring Lime to the city, it would mark the third municipality in New Jersey to do so.

    New 7-Eleven Coming to Jersey Heights

    A new 7-Eleven building has been approved for 41 Central Ave in Jersey City Heights. City officials have already approved the convenience store location, a property owned by Davanne Realty Company that previously served as a gas station. The former gas pumps now removed, Davanne sought a “d” variance permit from the city’s zoning board in order to move forward with the convenience store’s construction. The application was unanimously approved. Jersey City currently has five other locations throughout Jersey City.

     

    South Harbor Boulevard Reopens, Weehawken, and Hoboken Connected Again

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    South Harbor Boulevard has reopened as of August 13. The boulevard is responsible for connecting Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street in Weehawken to 16th and Willow in Hoboken. The route is only open to southbound traffic from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays only. The hours have the possibility of extending to 9pm as of Labor Day Weekend.

    Officials originally shut down South Harbor Boulevard for a year while construction teams worked on realigning the street.

    Mayor Bhalla Unveils Artwork by Local Artists on Hudson Street

    Mayor Bhalla cut the ribbon on a fence mural on Wednesday, August 15, which featured artwork by local artists and muralists. The mural itself wraps around the fence of an ongoing construction project located at 1425 Hudson Street.

    “I’d like to thank Toll Brothers City Living for financing the project, which features work by 14 Hoboken artists, and our Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo for making this possible,” said Bhalla. “This mural is a sign that construction projects don’t have to be an eye sore for the community, and that art is as important to a community as development.”

    The mural includes original artwork from Ibou Ndoye, Issa Sow, Ray Guzman, Tim Daly, Jennifer Morris, Eugene Gleason, John Patterson, Liz Ndoye, Sissi Siska, Claudia Kreiss, Jean-Paul Picard, Donna L. O’Grady, Jodie Fink, and Raisa Nova.

    Paper Source Coming to Hoboken

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    Paper Source, popular stationery store, will be opening in Hoboken soon, according to their website. While they have not revealed an exact address yet, the map on their website shows that the location will be somewhere on 5th and Washington Street. We’ll definitely keep an eye out — stay tuned for updates!

    NJDOT Route 495 Rehabilitation Project Begins

    Friday was the day commuters in the North Jersey area have been dreading for a while — the NJDOT Route 495 Rehabilitation Project began on August 17th and will continue through 2021. According to hMAG, as far as finding alternate routes — pick your poison. There is expected to be traffic around all neighboring cities while everyone tries to figure out the alternative routes that work for their commute.

     

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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